St Kilda season guide: All you need to know

Club: St Kilda

Coach: Peta Searle

2020 captaincy candidates: Nat Exon, Emma Mackie, Cat Phillips

FOLLOW THE LEADER Your club's 2020 captain and leadership group

Star recruits: Nat Exon, Kate McCarthy, Georgia Patrikios, Cat Phillips, Jess Sedunary

Nat Exon has joined the Saints from the Lions. Picture: St Kilda Football Club

Inactive players: Nil

2020 opponents: Western Bulldogs (h), Adelaide (a), Melbourne (h), Fremantle (h), Carlton (a), Richmond (h), Collingwood (a), West Coast (a).

Circle it: The round one clash against the Western Bulldogs will be the club's first AFLW match, and the first time top-level footy has returned to Moorabbin since 1992. The opposition will be coached by none other than former Saints legend Nathan Burke, also in his first match in charge.

A NUMBERS GAME Your club's jumper owners for season 2020

Player to watch: Jess Sedunary missed Adelaide's entire 2019 AFLW season with a foot injury, reinjuring it on her return to SANFLW level and dashing her chance of a Grand Final recall. A quick and classy forward at her best, she'll be raring to go in 2020.

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Best Rising Star chance: Georgia Patrikios

Big things are expected of No.5 draft pick Georgia Patrikios. Picture: AFL Photos

2020 prediction: Despite coming into its first AFLW season, St Kilda will be bringing some strong form into the competition, with the vast majority of the list having turned out for VFLW preliminary finalists Southern Saints. Only two interstate trips – to Adelaide and Perth – will help a new side. Conference B is a fairly even pool, so the Saints are every chance of sneaking into the top three. 

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